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Monday, 14 December 2015

Osun State govt to spend N50 Million on Christmas Fireworks while Osun workers go hungry



The Osun State Governor has allegedly approved the sum of N50 Million to be used on fireworks and decorations of some strategic places in Osogbo, the State capital during Christmas but the opposition
party in the State, the PDP has described the plan as a wasteful spending and a misplacement of priority.


In a statement released by the director of media and publicity of the Osun State PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, he claimed that spending as much as N50 million on fireworks and lightings when workers in the state are being paid half salary with 5 months salary outstanding, “is absurd, a waste of scarce resources that suggests some people are hiding behind the project to steal public funds”.
Remember that Osun has almost gone bankrupt and unable to pay its workers even after the bailout funds from the Federal government. Prince Diran Odeyemi further states that: “why would a sensitive governor at this critical period be planning to expend such a huge amount, that is only N5million short of the net Osun allocation after deductions of all debts for month of October, on fireworks, what are we celebrating in Osun”

“In the past, Mr. Aregbesola had used this particular means to waste public funds and no one dare question him. But at this point that federal allocation of four years time had already been spent by Mr. Governor since last year August, then we are taking it upon ourselves to expose the shady deal.”


The PDP also advised Gov Aregbesola to immediately suspend the plan because according to them: ''what people in Osun need at the moment is not Christmas decorations but their salary to buy food.”

“Obviously, Government House is not lacking food and other basic necessities. However, Mr. Governor should know majority of homes in Osun could no longer afford three square meal, no thanks to capital flight, irregular payment of salaries, non payment for services rendered for government and poor patronage of local contractors by the present administration. In the light of these, Mr. Aregbesola should pay workers salary and not fireworks through which some people will milk the state,” the statement concluded


This is a clear case of misplaced priority in a State like Osun, the Governor should pay the workers salaries and forget about spending N50 Million on fireworks!!

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